Opening doors for the homeless in Chelmsford

Chess Sleepout 2016

Chess Sleepout 2016

Location: Chelmsford Cathedral

Fri, November 25th, 2016 - 7:30

Sleeping out for the night might be fun, but for many people this is every night reality!

CHESS works to relieve homelessness and hardship amongst single adults in Chelmsford and Essex through the provision of support services and temporary accommodation.

CHESS provides a 7 bedroom night shelter along with shared move on accommodation. Here we provide a safe place to stay along with a hot meal, drinks, hygiene/laundry facilities, support workers and a counsellor.  With our shared housing we can support up to 30 individuals at any one time. 

We aim to support individuals from the moment they step through the door into our night shelter until they move on into their own independent accommodation. 

During the Winter months we run our Winter project, providing the many rough sleepers with food, drinks, sleeping bags and a bed for the night, normally in one of the local church halls.

Every year CHESS hosts its own Sleep Out in the grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral and this year we want as many people as possible to join us and make this the biggest and best sleep out and experience what it is like to sleep rough for a night.

Anyone can take part, however people under 18 cannot take part individually. A responsible adult must complete the registration for minors either on line or on the night and accompany them for the sleep out.

By getting involved, you will help CHESS to support more people on a journey towards moving away from homelessness, from getting off the streets, to living in a new home and learning new skills and securing employment.  The money you raise will help vulnerable local people to live independently and help CHESS reach their aims in continuing to change lives.

When: Friday 25th November – Saturday 26th November 2016

Where: Chelmsford Cathedral, Essex

Registration from 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Shut Eye 10.00pm until 7.00am

For those people who have registered to take part in tonights Sleep Out or if you would like to take part please arrive from 7.30pm and make your way to the Chapter House building to register your arrival. 

For a small charge of £5.00 on the evening, you can enjoy a delicious curry, chilli or jerk chicken along with soup and hot drinks, all of which would have been prepared  by the amazing chefs from "The Juice Kitchen" in Chelmsford.  The Juice Kitchen have kindly come on board to support this event and the staff are also giving their time for free, so please do join in for what is going to be a mouth watering dinner. 

Alongside the food we will also be holding a raffle on the evening.

We will have some Survival Bags available for a suggested donation of £2.50 each, alternatively these can be purchased from places such as Go Out Doors.

Register for the Sleep Out


If you can’t make our sleep out then why not


Host your own Sleep Out – Families, Work Places, Youth Groups and Clubs

If you can’t make our “Sleep Out” then why not  get a group of friends, family or work colleagues together and host your own sleep out event, between  12th – 27th November 2016. 

Decide on a suitable date and safe venue and make it lots of fun whilst raising awareness of homelessness.  You can set your own target! and raise as much sponsorship as you can.

To host your own sleep out you need to provide:-

  • A safe place in a property owned by your organisation or somewhere your group has the right to be.
  • The appropriate insurance, a full risk assessment and first aid provisions (with first aider on site).
  • Permission forms for all attendees under 18
  • The correct ratio of qualified adults to under 18’s


Register to host your own event



Schools and Kids Clubs – Teddy Bear Sleep Out

Our very own mascot, Chessney Bear is asking for the support of schools and clubs to take part in the Teddy Bear Sleep Out.

The Teddy Bear Sleep Out may take any form you like from sleeping the bears on the school field or in the playground. Or if you are a club i.e Cubs/Browines you might like to get a group of you together and sleep out yourselves.

Once you have registered you will receive your very own event pack including,  “This Bear Belongs To Labels”, Worksheets, Letters and Sponsor Forms.

Challenge your school or kids club to raise the most amount of money and in return your school or club will receive a voucher from “Build a Bear” to create your very own school/ club mascot.  This will personally be presented by our very own Chessney Bear.

Don’t wait get signed up now and help make a difference in your local community! -


Register for the Teddy Bear Sleep Out


Post Event/s - Payment by 30th December 2016

Following the event/s we kindly ask that you send in your money along with any Sponsorship Forms (unless you have set up your own Virgin Giving Page) and cheque/s via post made payable to Chelmsford Chess.  Alternatively if you would prefer to pay your money in via bank transfer then please contact the Fundraising Department on 01245 281104.

Please do not send cash via the post.

Please send with a covering letter stating your details to the below address:

CHESS, Hurst House (Basement), 133 New London Road, Chelmsford,Essex, CM2 0QZ